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Amazon Announces New Kindle Paperwhite Shipping September 30

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Kindle Paperwhite has been a popular eReader choice for kids and parents alike but today Amazon announced a brand new Kindle Paperwhite that will start shipping on September 30. Improvements include new display technology with even better contrast of print against the screen thanks to darker text, better touch screen that responds to the smallest touches, next generation built-in light that is less likely to cause eye fatigue by providing a great reading experience during the day and at night, and a faster processer that means books open faster and pages turn quicker. The long lasting battery reportedly lasts up to eight weeks on a single charge when the device is sued 30 minutes per day.

In addition to the great improvements, parents who are looking to purchase an eReader will find that the Kindle Paperwhite is more ergonomic than an iPad mini since it’s 30% lighter plus a lot less expensive. Paperwhites begin at $119, less than half the price of the iPad Mini that starts at $329.

The new Kindle Paperwhite will also come with new great features like Vocabulary Builder and FreeTime. The new Vocabulary Builder feature makes it easy for young readers to add new words to their vocabulary. Words looked up on Kindle are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder where kids can quiz themselves with flashcards to reinforce new word retention.

Previously available for other Kindler versions, FreeTime is a welcome addition to Paperwhite. FreeTime lets parents create personalize profiles for kids and provides them with access to titles from your collection of books. Kids are rewarded with achievement badges when they reach their goals and progress reports keep parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned, and books read.

Additional features that will be found in the newest Kindle Paperwhite include:

  • Page Flip that allows readers to skim books page-by-page, or skip through chapters without losing your place.
  • Goodreads integration to connect to the world’s largest community of book lovers to connect to like-minded readers, share recommendations and decide what to read next, straight from your book.

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